“It was a hard earned win for us. We were down for most part of the game good thing our players never gave up,” said Bacolod City head coach Dexter Dy. “Good thing also John, Nathan and Mike stepped up in the fourth.”Also part of the Bacolod City team were Heinzy Gabriel Demisana, Adrielle Binguan, John Ray Castiller, Marvin delos Santos, Dylan Despi, Josh Dignadice, CJ Juguan, and Rafael Ledesma.In lawn tennis, the Iloilo City pair of Althea Rose Martirez and Ma. Petria Abigail Aguirre notched their second gold medal after defeating the Cebu City, 4-6, 7-6, 10-7, in the finals. Nikhel Nowlakha and Jeff Jimenea settled for silver in boys event.Meanwhile, Sagay City took the championship in the boys U-15 futsal event after defeating Pontevedra, 7-6, in a tightly-contested gold medal match at the Western Visayas State University Gym.San Carlos City, meanwhile, bagged the gold medal in girls U-15 futsal after a 2-1 victory over Cebu Province, while Negros Occidental emerged as the winner in boys U-13./PN Bacolod City took home the championship in the boys basketball event of the Batang Pinoy 2019 Visayas Qualifier on Friday, March 1. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN BACOLOD City took home the championship in the boys basketball event of the Batang Pinoy 2019 Visayas Qualifier leg after a 73-70 win over Cebu Province on Friday at the Iloilo Sports Complex.John Ordas led the way with 19 points, Nathan Jundana added 18 markers, while Mike Estelloso contributed 14 markers for the Bacolod Tay Tung High School Thunderbolts-backed squad.Trailing in the first three quarters of the game against the Cebuanos, Bacolod City made its run in the fourth quarter behind the hot shooting of Estilloso and Jundana to tie the count at 70-all.Ordas broke the deadlock for the Bacolod City with a baseline jumper with under a minute left. Thomas Pillado, who took over from the cramped up Ordas, sealed the come-from-behind win.
France have won the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia after defeating Croatia 4-2 in a thoroughly entertaining Final at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow in what was a fitting end to an outstanding tournament. Despite Croatia having the majority of possession in the opening stages, France took the lead in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Antoine Griezmann’s lofted free kick from the French right was nodded into his own net by Mario Mandzukic. Ivan Perisic levelled with a calm effort from the edge of the penalty area, but he would turn from hero to villain. A cross from the French right-hand side was handled by the Croatia No4, with a penalty awarded after a VAR review. After the interval, France increased their lead through Paul Pogba, whose performances in the tournament deserved a goal in its finale. After Kylian Mbappe stretched the Croatian defence, Griezmann teed up Pogba, who finished after seeing his initial effort blocked. After his tireless running tired the Croatian defence, it was only fitting that Mbappe himself got on the scoresheet, hitting a sweetly-struck effort from the edge of the penalty area with which Danijel Subasic stood no chance. Mandzukic then scored in the same net, but this time to Croatia’s advantage, capitalising on some carelessness by Hugo Lloris to reduce the deficit. In the end, the big No17’s strike was not enough to spark yet another miraculous Croatian comeback, and Les Bleus emulate their heroes of 1998 – including coach Didier Deschamps – in securing their second World Cup title.
The Ghana Police Service under Paul Tawiah Quaye has been more responsive to the security challenges of Ghana, a security analyst has said.“The IGP and his team are actually beginning to shape and to change an embedded institutional culture in which the police attempted to but was terribly unresponsive until now, Dr. Kwasi Anning told Joy News’ Bernard Saibu.Dr Annin was responding to calls by the Alliance for Accountable Governance for the resignation of the IGP who they alleged was failing to secure the lives of citizens.He said part of the challenges which culminated in the demands for his resignation is only a reflection of a long term institutional decay in which multiple governments over time were unable or unwilling to train the police.According to him there is a “qualitative change” in the operations of the police under Paul Tawiah Quaye and must be given the room to operate.He said the IGP must not be blamed for the security lapses in the Atiwa election. If anything, the political parties and the security personnel in charge must be blamed for the pockets of violence at Atiwa. Dr Kwasi Anning said demands for the resignation of the IGP is only a reflection of the heated political tension in the country, demands he considers are illegitimate.Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana
Liverpool have named Jordan Henderson as their new captain.The midfielder was widely expected to take over the armband following Steven Gerrard’s departure.Henderson, 25, has emerged as a key man for the Reds since moving to Anfield from Sunderland in a £16million deal four years ago and was vice-captain last season.He told the club’s official website: “I’m absolutely delighted and proud. It is a great honour and a huge privilege to be named as the captain of this football club.“When Steven wasn’t in the team last season, I tried to do the best I could when I stepped in and took the armband. Now I’ll be looking to carry that on and continue to grow as a captain.“I’ll look to give my best all of the time, put the team firmly first and try to give them – or help them with – whatever they need from me.” 1 Jordan Henderson